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Take Part in Art and Keep the Arts Alive Supply Drive MLK Day of Service Events

Take Part in Art!

Join the Greenville Arts Council and Greenville Renaissance Scholars for an afternoon of open artwork at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center on January 17th from 1-3pm ! All participants will have a chance to work in an art studio setting with access to a variety of art materials and mediums. Middle School aged students will also have an opportunity to create artwork inspired by music and Black History Month to enter into a show hosted by the B.B. King Museum in February.

This event is open to all ages and there will be adult supervision for young children interested in attending. There is no cost to participate, however we are requesting that participants bring an art supply donation to give back to our public schools and arts partnership programs to enhance the classrooms of Western Line and Greenville Public School Districts as members of the Greenville Arts Partnership.

Keep the Arts Alive School Supply Drive

The 2010 Needs Assessments of our GAP schools showed a common theme: we teacher need more resources! There are several websites that have come into existence over the years specifically to assist with enhancing our nations class rooms by setting up a secure donation site where they can chose specific items or projects to fund. A list of online resources is available on this page.
For Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Greenville Arts Council and Greenville Renaissance Scholars are collecting art supplies until Monday, January 17th to enhance the classrooms of Western Line and Greenville Public School Districts as members of the Greenville Arts Partnership.

In-kind donation forms will be available to people who make donations of the art supplies that are essential for our educators to successfully integrate the arts into their classrooms. Donations can be dropped off to the Greenville Arts Council office between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday. If your classroom would like to receive specific items from the supply drive, please contact Megan Hines at  662-332-2246.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.